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highstreet
11-01-2004, 11:10 PM
ok here goes.....

I'm what you'd describe as a hardgainer. At hs I excelled as a distance runner. I became interested in the gym around the time I turned 18. Now 10 years later, in and out of a string of gyms, on and off over the years, flirtations with former track glory, gains and loses, and here I am, weighing bout the same as I did the year I left school.

I'm no stranger to supplements, and I know my diet is a huge contributor to my limitations in the gym.

So here I am. Basically I see this journal as a means to having some accountablilty. It's coming into Summer here in NZ and I think a good time to add some size.
I've eased back into some heavy weights this week (feel like I've been punched in the chest) after mainly hi-rep Bodypump [http://www.bodypump.com/] classes most of the year - when I'm busy the spoonfed nature of group fitness is great though prob not best for my body type; great for conditioning but not for adding size. Current bodyweight is about 67kg (147.4lb); Goal weight 160lb w no increase in bf. I'm also off the supplements for the time being - I will reintroduce them later if I find I need a kick - takin it easy and playing it by ear this time.

Will post some pics soon and my wo routines as they form.

Shane
11-02-2004, 01:17 AM
Yay. First spam. Hi. Welcome to journal land. Good luck with your goals man. :strong:

ryuage
11-02-2004, 08:13 AM
good luck with your goals highstreet... you still running?

highstreet
11-02-2004, 04:37 PM
Not really running much. Was going to train for a 1/2 Marathon this year but got stopped by old injuries... again. Doin abit on the treadmill now and then as my legs seem to handle it ok.

mattburns
11-02-2004, 04:40 PM
best of luck with the bulk :)

highstreet
11-02-2004, 04:51 PM
Good wo yesterday. Still chest sore from previous wo but decided to work through it.
Basically keeping it simple with basic movements. I think a common theme in the past is that I overtrain my muscles with too many isolation exercises and too many working sets.
My current strategy is 1-2 working sets per exercise with 2-3 warmup sets. Rep rang is 15-20 for legs & abs, 6-8 for everything else. Yesterday; Squats, Bench Pr, Dips, Seated Rows, Assisted Close Grip Chinups, Abs.

KiwiBuilder
11-02-2004, 05:12 PM
It's coming into Summer here in NZ...

...and not before time I might add! Welcome Highstreet, good to see another Kiwi on the forum, not sure if there are any others.

Where you at? I'm in Tauranga...

highstreet
11-02-2004, 05:13 PM
Pictures at 03-11-2004. Pls excuse quality of pics.

Sticky areas where I want results; shoulders, arms, back.

highstreet
11-02-2004, 05:15 PM
...and not before time I might add! Welcome Highstreet, good to see another Kiwi on the forum, not sure if there are any others.

Where you at? I'm in Tauranga...

Auckland.

highstreet
11-04-2004, 07:01 PM
great workout yesterday. sh press, lat raises + fr raises, preacher curl (mach), tri press (mach), calf press, lower/upper abs. Feelin it today.

OK - sorted my new split; gonna look something like this....

DAY1.
1. BENCH PRESS 3x8 / 2x6-8 (warmup sets / working sets)
2. SEATED CABLE ROW 3x8 / 2x6-8
3. PULLDOWNS/CHINUPS - CLOSE GRIP 3x8 / 2x6-8
4. DIPS or PEC DEC 3x8 / 2x6-8
5. TRICEP EXTENSION / PRESS 3x8 / 2x6-8
6. UPPER ABS 2X20
7. LOWER ABS 2X20

DAY2.
1. SQUATS 3x15 / 2x15
2. MILITARY PRESS 3x8 / 2x6-8
3. LATERAL RAISES 2x8 / 1x6-8
4. FRONT RAISES - / 2X6-8
5. PREACHER CURLS 3x8 / 2x6-8
6. ALT DB CURLS or EZYBAR CURLS 3x8 / 2x6-8
7. CALF RAISES 3x15 / 2x15
(8. ABS)

...this split feels quite good but I may revise it as I go.

NB: Working sets are 0.5-0.85 of working set weight. Working sets are to positive failure (neg failure if I have a spotter). Will do at least one BodyPump class/week.